Fusion & politics

50th anniversary of starting international cooperation on fusion research

As a part of the conference, on September 2 a session was held called “Possibility of controlled fusion”. Leaders of the fusion research of the UK, the USA the Soviet Union and the Federal Republic of Germany gave speeches on their programme. The conference had a significant impact on fusion […]

First ITER Council convened in Cadarache

On 27 November 2007, the ITER Council convened for the first time in the history of the new International Organization. Setting a new paradigm in international scientific collaboration, the two day meeting in Cadarache France brought together top scientific statesmen and stateswomen from China, the European Union, India, Japan, Korea, […]

ITER Organization formally established

On Wednesday, 24 October 2007, the ITER Organization formally entered into force. In order to celebrate this milestone in the history of the project, the ITER staff in Cadarache, France, raised their glasses together with their colleagues from the seven Member Parties who participated in the event via a live […]

ITER Agreement only 30 days from entry into force

On Monday, September 24, 2007, China officially ratified the ITER Agreement. Ambassador Tang Guoqiang, China’s permanent representative to the United Nations in Vienna, submitted the ratification letter signed by the Chinese President Hu Jintao to the Director-General of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), Mr. Mohamed El Baradei. All the […]

Didier Gambier appointed as Director of “Fusion for Energy”

On 17 July, the Governing Board of the European Domestic Agency for ITER (“Fusion for Energy”) chose Didier Gambier as its Director. Mr. Gambier has extensive knowledge of the fusion community, and he has been intimately involved in the ITER negotiations. Currently he is Head of Unit for the Joint […]

Second Interim ITER Council in Tokyo

The second meeting of the Interim ITER Council (IIC) took place on 11 and 12 July in Tokyo, under the Chairmanship of Sir Christopher Llewellyn Smith, CCE-EU Chairman (EU). The meeting came about half a year after its first meeting held immediately after the signature in Paris, 21 November 2006, […]

European ‘Fusion for Energy’ body headquarters inaugurated

European Science and Research Commissioner Janez Potočnik took part today in a ceremony to inaugurate the headquarters of the new “European Joint Undertaking for ITER and the Development of Fusion Energy”, known as Fusion for Energy, based in Barcelona, Spain.  Each of the ITER parties has agreed to work together […]

IPCC Report, Part Two: It´s now or never

Climate change is not a future problem but a present one that must be tackled now, concludes the latest chapter of the climate report, released by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) in Brussels, Belgium, on Friday April 6, 2007. The second chapter of the IPCC’s 4th Assessment takes […]

European Joint Undertaking for ITER launched

On Tuesday, 27 March 2007, the European Council decided to establish the European Joint Undertaking for ITER and the further development of fusion energy. ITER (the path in Latin) will be the world’s largest fusion research. It’s aim is to demonstrate the scientific and technical feasibility of fusion power. The […]

EU and Japan sign agreement on Broader Approach

On February 5 2007 the EU and the Japanese government signed the “Broader Approach” agreement. The cooperation aims to complement the ITER Project and to accelerate the realisation of fusion energy as a clean and sustainable energy source, by carrying out R&D and developing some advanced technologies for a future […]

This work has been carried out within the framework of the EUROfusion Consortium and has received funding from the Euratom research and training programme 2014-2018 under grant agreement No 633053. The views and opinions expressed herein do not necessarily reflect those of the European Commission.

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